Survival Tactics in eBay Jungle
You must be one of us whom after finding the right car model at maximum affordability just experience freezing fingers when about to press the Send button on the eBay site.
So what it is in eBay that scares off car buyers?
The element of non-visibility is only at an advantage for online chatters; but as for those who are serious customers online, this is not a resolved issue yet. Closing a deal online appears to be crossing your fingers that the non-existing person on the other side is true to his words. This has been touted as “honor system.” Without it, buying at eBay is not possible; the concept extends even to other items and services sold online.
It has been an online battle between sellers and buyers out there at eBay; without knowing the ins and outs of the maze, you might end with a bad deal and go home with half the car you want; our main armor against this is found on these nuggets of knowledge we compiled for you. Read on and be mindful.
Narrow the search by being definite in the car model you chose. You can save time in checking the eBay site by writing the exact model of the car on the search field.
Check feedback on the seller from other buyers; this is to check the credibility of the seller and to make sure he has experience in making online deals. Check also the auction’s description and ask for photos by email if necessary.
Be patient in observing the auctions before you jump into the bidding. Click on the “watch this item” for tracking sales and also “completed prices” for the final sale prices.
Develop good rapport with the seller; it enables you more flexible sales deals.
The right seller to deal with is one who doesn’t set a minimum winning bid amount which is as much as a car’s retail value and one who allows you to cancel the deal after inspecting the car.
Even if banking is more on financing online purchases, interstate transactions are cash based.
Hire a mechanic and schedule for an inspection when you arrive in the scene. You can find inspection services in major metro markets with no-limit car warranty for the drive home.
Use Carfax for checking the vehicle history report and online pricing services for the most realistic retail and wholesale values of used cars.
Set a fixed price for a car and stick with it. Don’t engage in a bidding war.
Include the travel and delivery costs when you have the car shipped after winning the auction.
When you are about to check your car on another state, buy a round-trip ticket. You can cut on the time spent when you decide to cancel the deal.